The Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) Program Management Committee and the Center Focal Points held their second meeting on October 1-2 at Bioversity International in Rome. Participants included representatives from nine of the 10 partner CGIAR centers and partners from Helen Keller International, the London International Development Center, and The World Vegetable Center.
The team heard about the work of partners from FAO, WFP and IFAD during one session. The meeting’s purpose was to strengthen coordination across centers and make progress on clarifying the program’s three impact pathways and related theories of change. The team reviewed the program’s gender and partnership strategies and set principles and priorities for program activities in 2013-2014. Participants were excited to hear about what the partnering centers have learned, the progress that has been made since the launch of the program, and planned activities for linking agriculture, nutrition, and health research that will improve the nutrition and health of the poor. At the end of the meeting the group had a common understanding on outcome and impact pathways and capacity required to achieve this. The group also had a general agreement on areas for program growth around food systems/value chains, control of aflatoxin and cross sectorial policies.
The next meeting will be held in March 2013. The group will finalize detail work plans for 2013 and assess progress in developing performance management along outcomes and impact pathway.